Job Openings

Careers at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are rewarding in more ways than one. While working at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, including at Fallingwater, you’ll experience an unusually deep sense of accomplishment, pride and camaraderie with other like-minded professionals.

Café Team Member – Full Time

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and designated as a National Historic Landmark and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is seeking a Café Team Member to provide excellent customer service by waiting on customers, helping in the preparation and presentation of food, and maintaining a clean and stocked facility. 

Job Duties

  • Ensures proper set up and follows open procedures of the Café.
  • Sets up pastry display.
  • Preps, cooks and plates items for Café service to specification; will sometimes assist in other culinary functions as needed.
  • Waits on customers and operates the sales register, accurate cash handling responsibilities included.
  • Assists in maintaining inventory and monitoring shortages.
  • Assists the sous chef or executive chef as needed.
  • Supports the Conservancy’s cost containment and fundraising efforts and needs, as applicable.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as needed

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to stand for up to eight hours
  • Must be able to bend, move and lift up to 40lbs
  • Ability to work with dangerous equipment, including knives, slicers and ovens
  • Frequent bending and stooping
  • Work in a hot environment, sometimes with/near open flame
  • To be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with food preparation, cooking service and preparation
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Some experience handling cash and performing sales transactions preferred 
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure.
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends, holidays and be flexible with schedule and hours.

Location

This position's primary location(s): Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Position Duration

This is a full-time hourly, seasonal position with benefits.

Pay

Pay range: $16.78 – $17.85 per hour

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Café Team Member – Full-Time in the subject line.

Application Deadline

Until filled

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Sous Chef

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and designated as a National Historic Landmark and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is seeking a highly motivated and experienced professional as its new Sous Chef. An iconic museum destination with an international audience, Fallingwater offers its visitors an unparalleled experience and upholds the highest industry standards in customer service and hospitality. The Sous Chef plays a key role in upholding those standards by acting as the assistant to the Executive Chef. Duties include supervising the café staff at the Fallingwater Visitor Center, directing food preparation, helping with menu creation and meal design and assisting with special events. Our organization strives to operate as sustainably as possible and knowledge in sustainable food practices is preferred. Our ideal candidate is a creative, talented team leader that is passionate about participating in the creation of delicious seasonal food.

Job Duties

  • Works directly with Executive Chef in all aspects of running a food service operation including organization, paperwork, cooking, employee training and supervision, inventorying, cleaning, menu production, and special event catering.
  • Assists in the development of seasonal menus and meal design and develops new menu options based on seasonal change and customer demand.
  • Assists in monitoring inventory at both Café and Kitchen.  Assists Executive Chef in ordering food and supplies as needed.
  • Supervises Cafe staff, plans and schedules daily food production and foodservice sanitation, as directed by Executive Chef.  
  • Assists Executive Chef in training new hires and existing staff, including training on continuing compliance with food service regulations, and in overall Café cleaning and maintenance.
  • Upholds Fallingwater’s sustainability standards and meets all requirements of certification with theGreen Restaurant Association and Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants.
  • Ensures that cash control measures in the Cafe are followed.
  • Oversees general Cafe cleaning and maintenance to ensure aesthetic standards are maintained.
  • Assists with customer complaints and difficult customers.
  • Supports the Conservancy’s cost containment and fundraising efforts and needs, as applicable and directed by the Executive Chef.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as requested.

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs
  • Ability to regularly reach with hands and arms and talk or hear while performing job duties
  • Ability to sit for extended periods while prepping food; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and climb or balance
  • Ability to stand for extended periods throughout the work day, as well as stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to work in an environment with moderate to high noise level
  • Ability to work in an environment with exposure to fumes and vibrations
  • Ability to drive a motor vehicle 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years of formal culinary/foodservice management training or commensurate experience; minimum of two years of culinary preparation experience; minimum two years of culinary management experience in similar volume operation with comparable duties and responsibilities.
  • Must be well versed in a wide variety of cooking skills, techniques and possess a knowledge of food presentation.
  • Must have or be able to obtain current certifications and licenses required by local, state, and/or Federal guidelines for food production management.
  • Must be able to successfully complete training to be ServSafe certified through the National Restaurant Association.
  • Knowledge in sustainable food practices is preferred.
  • Proven skills as a strong team player with some experience supervising employees and with professional kitchen organization is required.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays, be able to work overtime as necessary, and show flexibility with scheduling and hours.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, staff, customers, and general public.
  • Proficiency with MS Office software and experience with POS systems required. 
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • To be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with food preparation, cooking service and preparation
  • Good customer service and organizational skills
  • Some experience handling cash
  • Some knowledge of food preparation and presentation
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends, holidays and be flexible with schedule and hours 

Location

This position's primary location(s): Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Position Duration

This is a full-time, seasonal position with benefits.

Pay

The pay range of this position is $25.05-$28.32 an hour. Please include pay requirements, as employment offer will commensurate with experience.

Application Process

To apply, please send a letter and resume to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Sous Chef in the subject line.

Application Deadline

Until filled

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Watershed AmeriCorps Service Members

Watershed Conservation Office (Indiana, PA)

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) seeks two Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps Members to serve the Conservancy’s watershed conservation program in Indiana, Pa. for one year. The service members will work under the supervision of and in close coordination with assigned watershed conservation staff to implement a variety of watershed restoration projects and aquatic surveys.

Job Duties

  • Water quality monitoring and assessment
  • Watershed restoration including riparian tree plantings and instream habitat projects
  • Volunteer training
  • Biological survey work focusing on macroinvertebrates, various fish species, freshwater mussels and hellbender salamanders are possible
  • Delivering educational programs to watershed conservation program constituents, including K-12 programs
  • Extensive overnight travel required

Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in biology, watershed science, stream ecology, environmental studies or a related field
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word and Excel
  • Able to travel to various worksites and willing to work some evenings, weekends and overnight trips as needed
  • The ability to conduct field research in remote locations is essential for this position
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Physical Requirements

  • The ability to swim
  • Position requires the ability to traverse rugged terrain while carrying at least 50 pounds of sampling gear in a variety of weather conditions
  • Position requires the ability to assist with strenuous physical duties, including heavy lifting and using hand/power tools to complete construction activities
  • Utilizing keyboarding and fine motor skills
  • Bending, twisting, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds
  • Climbing up and down stairways
  • Sitting, standing and walking for periods in excess of two hours
  • Evenings and weekend hours
  • Ability to meet physical requirements of the job with or without accommodation

Location

This position's primary location(s): Watershed Conservation Office (Indiana, PA)

Position Duration

These are seasonal positions, starting August 20, 2024 and ending August 2, 2025.

Additional Details

This is not an employment opportunity, but rather a National Service AmeriCorps position to serve within the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which is a designated National Service Site.

Pay

A bi-weekly living stipend of $955 will be provided by Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps. Upon successful completion of the position, an education award of $7,395 will be earned.

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume and references to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Watershed AmeriCorps Service Member in the subject line.

Application Deadline

July 19, 2024

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PMSC AmeriCorps Member – WPC Land Stewardship/Bear Run

Bear Run Nature Reserve (Mill Run, PA)

The PMSC AmeriCorps member will serve with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Land Stewardship program to support projects that enhance ecological health, restore natural communities, and provide recreational opportunities at the 5,100-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve and other Conservancy preserves.

Job Duties

The member will be responsible for maintenance of hiking trails and backcountry campsites, invasive plant removal, boundary maintenance, and other land management activities, and will assist with conservation easement monitoring and volunteer workdays.

Requirements

  • Academic requirement – Some college with related coursework in natural resource management or a related field. Extensive practical experience may substitute for academic coursework.
  • Experience requirement – Some outdoor work experience required. Trail work and experience with power equipment (chainsaw and weedwhacker) is preferred. Must be able to work independently and in a group setting. Experience using GPS and GIS applications is preferred but not required.
  • Additional comments –Given the rural location and COVID protocols, the member will be required to have a personal vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to lift 50 lbs
  • Ability to spend extended periods of time in excessive heat and potentially inclement weather and stamina to work long hours hiking through rough, steep terrain

Preferred Qualifications

Trail work and experience with power equipment (chainsaw and weedwhacker) is preferred.

Location

This position's primary location(s): Bear Run Nature Reserve (Mill Run, PA)

Position Duration

November 12, 2024 – August 2, 2025 (675 hours total); the member must attend an orientation meeting on August 20, 2024.

Pay

AmeriCorps living stipend of $450-biweekly. An education award of $2,817.14 is earned after a successful term of service. Applicants must be willing to commit to the entire service period.

Application Process

Please send a letter, resume and salary requirements to azadnik@paconserve.org and list PMSC-Bear Run Land Stewardship in the subject line.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps (PMSC) visit https://www.pmsc.org/.

Application Deadline

July 25, 2024

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PMSC AmeriCorps Member – WPC Land Stewardship/Ridgway

Allegheny Regional Office (Ridgway, PA)

The PMSC AmeriCorps member will serve with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Land Stewardship program to support projects that enhance ecological health, restore natural communities, and provide recreational opportunities at various WPC preserves located in the upper Allegheny and W. Branch Susquehanna regions of Pennsylvania.

Job Duties

The member will be responsible for maintenance of hiking trails and backcountry campsites, invasive plant removal, boundary maintenance, and other land management activities, and will assist with conservation easement monitoring and volunteer workdays.

Requirements

  • Academic requirement – Some college with related coursework in natural resource management or a related field. Extensive practical experience may substitute for academic coursework.
  • Experience requirement – Some outdoor work experience required. Trail work and experience with power equipment (chainsaw and weedwhacker) is preferred. Must be able to work independently and in a group setting. Experience using GPS and GIS applications is preferred but not required.
  • Additional comments –Given the rural location and COVID protocols, the member will be required to have a personal vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to lift 50 lbs
  • Ability to spend extended periods of time in excessive heat and potentially inclement weather and stamina to work long hours hiking through rough, steep terrain

Preferred Qualifications

Trail work and experience with power equipment (chainsaw and weedwhacker) is preferred.

Location

This position's primary location(s): Allegheny Regional Office (Ridgway, PA)

Position Duration

November 12, 2024 – August 2, 2025 (675 hours total); the member must attend an orientation meeting on August 20, 2024.

Pay

AmeriCorps living stipend of $450-biweekly. An education award of $2,817.14 is earned after a successful term of service. Applicants must be willing to commit to the entire service period.

Application Process

Please send a letter, resume and salary requirements to azadnik@paconserve.org and list PMSC-Ridgway Land Stewardship in the subject line.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps (PMSC) visit https://www.pmsc.org/.

Application Deadline

July 25, 2024

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Museum Store Retail Sales Associate – Full Time

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and designated as a National Historic Landmark and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is seeking a full-time Museum Store Retail Sales Associate. The function of this position is to assist in the day-to-day operations of the Museum Store, with a focus on selling merchandise and providing excellent customer service.

As an iconic museum destination with an international audience, Fallingwater offers its visitors an unparalleled experience and upholds the highest industry standards in customer service and hospitality.

Job Duties

  • Assist senior staff in daily cash receipts/closing report and item reports.
  • Assist in opening and closing procedures, including cash handling and balancing register at the end of the day.
  • Assist in the proper handling of inventory, and take steps to prevent damage.
  • Serve and assist customers with purchases.
  • Provide exceptional customer service.
  • Restock inventory in Store; inform senior staff when product is low.
  • Assist with end-of-year inventory count.
  • Incorporate WPC’s constituent-focused customer service values in work habits and interaction with others.
  • Encourage visitors to become members. Sell WPC memberships in Museum Store.
  • Support the Conservancy’s cost containment and fundraising efforts and needs, as applicable.
  • Clean the Museum Store and maintain its appearance daily.
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as needed.

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Lift up to 30 lbs. consistently, and up to 50 lbs. occasionally.
  • Climb step stools and ladders.
  • Reach overhead, stretch and bend over to access and store stock.
  • Stand for long periods of time (at least three hours).

Qualifications

  • At least two years of retail sales experience is required. Relevant sales experience in a gift store, boutique or home décor environment is desirable.
  • Professional customer service skills and ability to communicate effectively are required.
  • Must demonstrate a professional and positive attitude especially when communicating with customers, fellow co-workers and management team.
  • Must be familiar with computerized Point of Sales systems and possess applicable computer skills.
  • Experience with cash handling is strongly preferred.
  • Flexibility with schedule, hours and ability to work weekends and holidays are required.
  • Ability to meet all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Location

This position's primary location(s): Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Position Duration

This is a full-time, seasonal position with benefits.

Pay

We offer a competitive salary with a comprehensive benefits package. The starting range for this position is $16.88-18.80/hour.

Application Process

Please send a letter, resume and salary requirements to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list FT Museum Store Retail Sales Associate in the subject line.

Application Deadline

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The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is fully committed to diversity and inclusion. We seek contributors from all backgrounds to join our team. Read our equal opportunity employer statement.